Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Fukushima aquarium displays Blobfish, deemed world’s ugliest creature

IWAKI, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Blobfish, a deep-sea blob sculpin fish dubbed the world’s ugliest animal, has been put on display at an aquarium in Fukushima Prefecture.

Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki said it is rare for the fish, which are found in the northern Pacific Ocean and off the coasts of Japan and California, to be captured alive and put on display in an aquarium.

The 60-cm fish on display was accidentally trapped in mid-May in a gill net set by a Fukushima fisherman off the coast of Rausu, Hokkaido, at a depth of 750 to 1,200 meters. Its jelly-like, pink-colored flesh has lots of flaps that formed when it was pulled up from deep waters.

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